Re: [videoblogging] Re: Sanyo Xacti-DMX
- Well I was wrong about both FCP and iMovie. There was a trick to
getting the new iMovie HD to import as MPEG-4 that I didn't notice
until recently. Below the button you press to create a new project,
there is a little arrow that -- if you were to expand -- gives you
the choice to import as MPEG-4. Probably that's in the instructions,
but who reads'em. You still have to compress again when you save, of
course (unless there is yet something else I've managed to miss.) I
hate the idea of re-compressing.
I've been playing with Live Stage Pro, too. It won't directly import
MPEG-4, but if you use QT Pro to save them first in a QT format, LSP
is happy enough to save them back out without making you re-compress.
So far I like this best.
On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 02:54:45 -0500, Daniell Krawczyk <dkrawc@...> wrote:
> Not sure if this has already been addressed but...
> \> Most people on this list seem to be doing some pretty incredible video
> \> editing with great tools like Final Cut Pro or iMovie. But if you
> \> shoot MPEG-4, it doesn't make sense to use these tools. So far my
> \> experience has been that they will import your media as streaming DV
> \> and thus convert it too a very large file that you will just have to
> \> compress back again.
> This paragraph is no longer correct. The new iMovie, iMovie HD can be
> set to use MPEG4 as its format and this means you can import MPEG4
> files without having to reconvert them. While I haven't tested this
> with the Xacti or any other MPEG4 camera it works absolutely wonderful
> with files shared on the DigitalBicycle compressed with Handbrake.
> (See our in-depth guide to Handbrake at
> http://beta.digitalbicycle.org/about/handbrake ) If I have a 225 MB,
> 30 minute video that was compressed with Handbrake (say for instance,
> the Human Dog Christmas Special) I can drag it right into iMovie 5 and
> after giving it a couple minutes it appears in my clip pane without
> reconversion. If I close iMovie and look at the size of the iMovie
> project file (including Media clips) it would only be 225MB (maybe
> 226). You can add titles, edit, do whatever you might have done with
> DV footage. You should then be able to burn a DVD of it (we're still
> fully testing this part). So if you have a MPEG4 camera and it works
> as well with iMovie 5 as Handbrake'd (FFMPEG) MP4's, then iMovie is
> exactly what you should be using to edit your footage.
> Daniell Krawczyk
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